Industry is considering Thunderbolt USB port connections to achieve commonalities


through Carlo Munoz

The VPX X9 Spider 3U system connected to an SOSA compliant single board VPX with a common pinout. General Micro Systems seeks to meet interoperability requirements by taking advantage of Thunderbolt connections. (Carlo Munoz)

Combat information technology company General Micro Systems (GMS) is betting that integrating Thunderbolt USB port connections into current and future U.S. military platforms could be key to solving interoperability issues of the Pentagon.

The release of GMS’s new X9 Spider OpenVPX Single Board system, unveiled at the Association of the United States Army’s annual symposium in Washington, DC, coincided with the company’s decision to adopt standardized requirements for development. of hardware under the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) framework. for open and common standards on sensor and communication subsystems.

Variants of the X9 Spider module on display at the symposium featured multiple Thunderbolt USB4 port connections as well as 100-gigabit Ethernet ports, which, combined, can transmit at up to 455 gigabytes per second, according to a company fact sheet. The X9 card is built around an Intel 11 gen Core i7 computer processing unit with 64 gigabits of internal memory.

While the X9 is comparable to other SOSA-compliant single-board VPX systems, the company’s decision to integrate Thunderbolt port connectors as the primary gateway for integrating subsystems into a given platform, rather than using a common card or chassis pinout, is unique.

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